[Jesus said] “You don’t always have me.” John 12:8
Mary created quite a stir among the disciples the day she poured expensive oil on the feet of Jesus. It was Judas, the betrayer and thief, who asked, “Why wasn’t this oil sold and the money given to the poor?” (vs. 4) Jesus knew if Judas got his the the proceeds from such a sale, the poor would not get a penny of it.
Jesus followed this statement by saying, “Let her alone. She’s anticipating and honoring the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you. You don’t always have me.” (vs. 7,8)
For many years, my mother spent part of the winter with me. I worked mornings and gave up my afternoon activities to spend time with Mom. (Believe me, it was no sacrifice to give up going to the exercise center.) Every afternoon I planned an activity to get mom out of the house, even if only to visit the quilting store or go to a few garage sales.
Mother no longer spends winter months with me, and I miss the time we had together. It was as precious to me as the oil Mary poured on the feet of Jesus.
Dear Lord, help us chose precious time over the desire for earthly possessions. Amen.